For vacuuming on soft surfaces (e.g. upholstery), choose a
low speed setting.
Adjusting the airflow (fig. A)
Move the airflow control switch (7) to adjust the airflow
When operating the appliance, make sure that the hose is
not trapped, twisted or blocked.
In case of overheating, a cut-out will operate and the
appliance will automatically stop.
If the appliance stops operating, unplug the appliance and
allow it to cool for 2 - 3 hours.
Hints for optimum use
When working in confined spaces, temporarily remove the
accessory holder from the tube to improve your scope.
When vacuuming stairs, always start at the bottom and
work your way up. Position the appliance on the floor and
do the stairs until halfway. Then carry the appliance to a
stable position which is at least one stair below your
working position, and do the top half of the stairs.
Carrying the appliance (fig. J)
During use the appliance can be carried using the handle (4).
Tilt the handle into position as shown.
Temporarily parking the suction head (fig. K)
Use the park position (34) for a temporary parking of the
Storing the appliance (fig. L)
Warning! When storing the appliance, switch the appliance
off and unplug it.
Make sure that the cord is fully rewound.
Place the appliance in an upright position.
Park the tube by placing the ridges on the head and the
tube in the corresponding slots on the appliance as
shown. The locking device (32) engages automatically.
Store the appliance in a dry location. The appliance can
be carried at the integrated handle (33).
To take the tube from the appliance for use, press one of
the lock buttons and lift the tube and head out of the
Your Black & Decker appliance has been designed to operate
over a long period of time with a minimum of maintenance.
Continuous satisfactory operation depends upon proper
appliance care and regular cleaning.
Warning! Before performing any maintenance or cleaning on
the appliance, unplug the appliance.
Regularly clean the ventilation slots in your appliance
using a soft brush or dry cloth.
Regularly clean the motor housing using a damp cloth.
Do not use any abrasive or solvent-based cleaner.
Replacing the dustbag (fig. C & D)
The dustbag must be replaced when the red bag full indicator
(14) is visible while the appliance runs at maximum speed and
the head is raised from the surface. Replacement dustbags are
available from your Black & Decker dealer (cat. no. VBP50).
Open the cover (5) as shown (fig. C).
Slightly pull back the dustbag holder (16) to remove the
dustbag collar (17) from inlet (18) (fig. D).
Remove the old dustbag (15) from the dustbag holder.
Place a new dustbag in the dustbag holder.
Align the dustbag collar (17) with the inlet (18).
Make sure that the inlet protrudes into the dustbag collar.
Close the cover.
Warning! Before cleaning and maintenance, switch the
appliance off and unplug it.
From time to time wipe the appliance with a damp cloth.
Do not use any abrasive or solvent-based cleaner. Do not
immerse the appliance in water.
Cleaning the motor filter (fig. C, D & M)
The motor filter reduces the amount of dust entering the motor
housing to a minimum. The filter is re-usable and should be
Open the cover (5) as shown (fig. C).
Remove the dustbag (fig. D).
Pull the filter (27) out of the filter holder (28) (fig. M).
Brush any loose dust off the filter.
Replace the filter.
Place a new dustbag (fig. D).
Close the cover (fig. C).
Replacing the filters (fig. C, D & M - O)
The motor filter and the outlet filter should be replaced every
6 to 9 months and whenever worn or damaged. The filters
have to be replaced at the same time. Replacement filter sets
are available from your Black & Decker dealer (cat. no. VBF20).
Replacing the motor filter (fig. C, D & M)
Proceed as described above to replace the filter (27).